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Heard on the Hill: Doctor of Love

It can be tough to find that special someone.

Especially if your idea of a good time involves abolishing income taxes, limiting the federal government and calling for a return to the gold standard.

But don’t lose hope — there’s now a place where liberty-loving supporters of Rep. Ron Paul can meet their love match.

The Texas Republican is the inspiration behind ronpaulsingles.com, a new dating Web site that’s a lot like match.com, except that members are looking for someone who shares their love of fiscal restraint and constitutional purity over romantic dinners and long walks on the beach.

With its tagline, “We put the love in the rEVOLution,” the site allows members to search personal profiles to find potential love matches, while offering features such as an online forum and instant messaging so would-be couples can chat via the Internet. The site touts itself as “the fastest growing relationship site on the Web,” although the dating pool is still relatively small — as of Tuesday afternoon, 70 male members had signed up, compared with just 24 female members.

HOH couldn’t reach the site’s administrators by press time Tuesday. Paul and his Campaign for Liberty are not affiliated with the site, and a Paul spokeswoman declined comment to HOH.

But we’d like to think that the good doctor would be in favor of his followers coming together — so long as there aren’t any repeats of that now-famous scene in the movie “Bruno” in which the protagonist, a gay Austrian supermodel, tries (unsuccessfully) to seduce Paul.

Mythbusters. Rep. John Hall is too superstitious to sing on the House floor — but the “jinx” that he fears is apparently no more than an urban legend.

The New York Democrat, a former frontman for the rock outfit Orleans, was quoted in USA Today saying he’s afraid of the “jinx” of singing on the House floor. “I was told early on, when I was tempted to sing a line or two of a song when I got on the floor, that the last guy that did that ... lost his election,” Hall said.

The newspaper said he was referring to former Rep. Mike Pappas (R-N.J.), who sang “Twinkle, Twinkle Kenneth Starr,” a ditty to the independent prosecutor who investigated former President Bill Clinton. Pappas, USA Today noted, lost his re-election race in 1998 “after his opponent used the musical tribute against him.”

Intrigued by the idea of a curse that could befall singing Members, HOH asked the Office of the House Historian about the witchy rumor.

“It seems to be an old wives’ tale,” said research analyst Anthony Wallis, who wasn’t able to track down any written documentation of the alleged bad-luck charm. He said it might have been started by Members who considered breaking decorum on the House floor to be bad juju.

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